Juan Mata has told Manchester United fans he is looking forward to "share more good moments" with them next season despite his future coming under scrutiny amid speculated arrival of Jose Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. The Spaniard expressed his delight at ending the campaign with the FA Cup title following a previous FA medal at Chelsea.
The 28-year-old playmaker won the Chelsea Player of the Season award in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues secure successive Champions League and Europa League triumphs as well the FA Cup. However, he was forced to move to Old Trafford in January 2014 after being frozen out by Mourinho during the first part of the campaign following the Portuguese's return to west London to replace Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard has also been a key player for United during his first two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford as he proved once again on Saturday by scoring the equaliser in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace. Yet, there are renewed concerns about his long-term future at the club should Mourinho finally take over at Old Trafford.
However, in his final weekly blog of the campaign, Mata wrote on Kicca: "As you can imagine, this is the blog's last entry of the season and I would like to thank you once again for your support, your commitment and your time to read these lines every Monday, wherever you are.
"I started this blog some years ago and it wouldn't make sense to write it if it wasn't for you. A million thanks for your support in this long and, at times, difficult season. I tried to pay you back with dedication and commitment to the team, always trying to give my best. I can highlight a few moments: for instance, I wore the armband of both Manchester United and Spain's national team, I played almost 60 games, more than 100 in total as a Red Devil (I was very lucky not to get injured), I enjoyed great moments like this first title with the club, I learnt from the bad moments, and I felt your affection."
He continued: "It's because of those things that I want to carry on and look forward to share more good moments with you.
"It's time for me to take a rest, switch off from football and recharge my batteries for the next season. I hope you have a great summer.
"My first trophy with United, finally! It took quite a few years for the club to win the FA Cup again, that special and unique tournament, and last Saturday we made it... Being able to win this Cup for you, after your unconditional support throughout the entire season, makes me feel absolutely happy and proud.
"It was a fantastic feeling, the season in the Premier League was not as good as we expected but, after going through some difficult moments, we never gave up and kept working to increase the club's record. I think we have to give value to the fact that it took 12 years for the club to win again the FA Cup."